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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities (updated March 27, 2015)

Please contact Marya Mayer, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or volunteering@spiritrock.org if interested in any of the opportunities below. 

Classes, Daylongs, and Events

Volunteers support every class, daylong and event offered by Spirit Rock.  In exchange for 2-4 hours of service in support of the program, Volunteers have the opportunity to attend the event or class free of charge or pay a reduced fee (for Benefits and Special Events).  You can explore programs on our website or print newsletter and contact our Volunteer Coordinator to volunteer for any non-residential program.  

For most programs, day-of event volunteers arrive an hour early to help set up chairs in the program room, greet folks as they arrive, check off people who have already registered or collect payment from folks who register at the door.  Volunteers help with CE registration and direct parking for larger programs.  Volunteers offer the event coordintor 15-20 minutes of help during the lunch break.  At the end of the program, volunteers help put away chairs, vaccuum the hall, empty the garbage and recycling, collect and label lost and found items, and tidy up the hall.  To read more about event volunteering click here.

We are most in need of volunteers for the programs listed below.  This is not a comprehensive list.

Who am I now?
with Anna Douglas
Saturday, April 4, volunteers needed 9:00 am-5:30 pm

Chanting & Meditation
with Jai Uttal & Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
Saturday, April 4, volunteers needed 6:15-7:45 pm or 10-11 pm

Spring Family Practice Day
with Wes Nisker, Betsy Rose and Kate Janke
Sunday, April 12, volunteers needed 9:15am-4 pm
volunteer with your age appropriate child or solo adult volunteers receive a free future daylong as a thank you for volunteering

Lovingkindness: Two Day Non-Residential Retreat
with Donald Rothberg & Heather Sundberg
Monday, April 20 & Tuesday, April 21, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30 pm

Feeding Your Demons
with Tsultrim Allione
Saturday, April 25, volunteers needed 8:45am-6:00 pm, volunteers pay a reduced fee of $45 to attend this benefit event

Wisdom Rising
with Tsultrim Allione and Anne Cushman
Sunday, April 26, volunteers needed 9:00am-6:00 pm

Spring Path of Parenting
with Grace Fisher
5 Tuesdays, April 28-May 26, volunteers needed 9am-10:15 am & 11:30-noon

Ongoing Event Volunteer Needs

Dharma & Recovery group meets 2nd Friday of the month from 7:30-9:30 pm  volunteers are needed 40 minutes before and after to assist our event coordinator. 

Our Monday night talk is a Spirit Rock tradition.  This is a wonderful way to meet people in our community.  Teachers such as Jack Kornfield, Mark Coleman, and many others offer a dharma talk every Monday from 7:15-9:15 pm.  To volunteer to support the event by offering to help set up, greet people as they arrive, direct parking, and help with clean up, contact Sean Fargo at seanf@spiritrock.org. 

New class for people over 55 on the 2nd Thursday of every month 2:00-4:30 pm This drop in group will be taught by Anna Douglas, other Spirit Rock teachers, as well as special guests.  Join your peers in re-inventing what it means to be old! How can the teachings and practices of Dharma illuminate and enliven our potential for living our elder years with wisdom and compassion? We will use the tools of meditation and contemplative inquiry to explore our actual experience of aging - which may be different from the culture's prevailing notions.  We will occasionally invite teachers of writing, singing, or movement to encourage creative insights. For all levels of practice experience.

Retreat Greeting

Friendly faces needed to welcome our incoming yogis as they arrive for retreat 2:30-5:30 pm on days retreats open.  Volunteers assist our caretakers in directing retreatants where to park and welcoming them to the center.


Want to help us spread the word about Spirit Rock's programs and volunteer opportunities?  Know places in your community that would welcome our marketing materials-- such as yoga studios, co-ops, eco-friendly stores, community centers. etc.?  We are especially looking for help with outreach in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Novato, and Santa Rosa.

Volunteer in our vegetarian kitchen - more info

Due to the physicality of kitchen work, we ask that kitchen volunteers be able to lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 30 pounds, and to work in a standing position for up to 4 hours.

Monday night dinner prep

Work alongside Chef Trudy and five other volunteers to prepare the gourmet meals served for our Monday Night Dinner.  Volunteers chop veggies and wash pots and pans. When Monday night dinners are offered to the public, 6 volunteers are needed to help with dinner.  We offer two shifts:  2:00-6:00 pm or 2:30-7:00 pm.  Kitchen volunteers are offered the meal and invited to attend the Monday Night Talk from 7:15-9:15 pm.  You also earn a free daylong for each 4 hour shift.

No Monday Night Dinners currently scheduled.

Kitchen Retreat Support

We are looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen from 2:00-5:00 pm during some retreats. 

April 19

Later in the year...
August 21,22
September 29, 30
October 1,2,3,4,5,6
November 12,13,14,15,16,17

We are looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen from 9:00am-12:00pm on retreat closing dates.  These are not cooking roles, but rather helping our kitchen staff clean-up after a retreat and ready the kitchen to welcome in new yogis. 


Offer your time and energy to help create a welcoming space for yogis on retreat. Your contribution helps set the tone and initial impressions for retreatants.  
We need help on most retreat opening and closing days to help clean dorm rooms and bathrooms.  We appreciate a commitment of at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours each day between 9:30am-3:30pm.  NOTE: It is important that volunteers in this area are physically fit and free from back problems.

Currently looking for housekeeping volunteers anytime from 9:30am-3:30 pm (with a preference for 10:00am-2:30 pm with a 30 min lunch break) on:

April 3
April 14
April 23

May 9
May 17
May 25
May 31

June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28

July 5
July 26

Our IT Manager is looking for help 2-4 hours per week one weekday per week for an ongoing volunteer opportunity, helping tidy up cords under staff member's desks, clearing out old equipment and readying us for our move to the new administrative building later this year. 

Land Care

Volunteers assist our caretaker with a variety of land care and grounds maintenance projects including:

  • sifting and spreading compost
  • watering (if no recent rain, less physical work)
  • planting oak trees (more physical work)
  • lawn mowing and weed whacking (more physical work)
  • trail maintenance (cutting branches that limit trail access)
  • ground maintenance (walking around gravel pathways and picking up small branches and debris along the path)

Dedicated Volunteer Program

We offer a Dedicated Volunteer Program for community members who would like to make volunteering a part of their weekly practice.  Dedicated Volunteer positions require a six month commitment of 4 hours a week. In exchange for committing to this program, DVs earn 5 nights of residential retreat time during their 6 months of service.  For more information about our Dedicated Volunteer program, click here.

Community Service

If you have community service hours from a traffic ticket and would like to contribute your hours to Spirit Rock, please fill out our online volunteer application and indicate how many hours you have to complete by what date and your availability.  

Live in the East Bay? 

Check out opportunities at East Bay Meditation Center.  Founded to provide a welcoming environment for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities, EBMC offers a variety of volunteer positions.  Some can be done anywhere with internet access, others require being on-site in Oakland, either on a regular basis or for a specific, time-limited project.  Volunteering is a fun and inspiring way to deepen your spiritual practice. 



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